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Raise your hand if you’ve learned something new while listening to 90.3 KEDM. Maybe you’ve heard one of our reporters unpacking some big complicated idea or maybe it was just something you didn’t know before. OK, now keep your hand raised if you’ve gained a clearer picture of the world and your community thanks to the news coverage and programs here on KEDM. The latest breaking story from overseas or something happening right here at home. Wow, that’s a lot of hands! Now, raise your hand if...

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Properly Used Car Seats Diminish Risk of Death In Car-Related Accidents

Car seats diminish the risk of car-related deaths by 71%. Cynthia Cage, child car safety expert at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana says in order to ensure that the risk of death is diminished, children must be in a car seat that accomodates their height and weight regardless of age. On selecting the right car seat and transitioning from car seats to booster seats Car seats should be selected based on your child’s age, height, and weight. The rule of thumb is that a baby needs...

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A research monkey is missing from a center operated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

News outlets reported that the school said the Rhesus macaque was discovered missing because of a cage failure Saturday at the New Iberia Research Center.

The school said the monkey weighs about 12 pounds. It says the animal was part of a breeding group and does not have any transmissible disease.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former military police officer says damage from a chlorine bomb he investigated scarred his lungs so badly he cannot find work. He's going to tell a judge about it when the former soldier who set off the weapon is sentenced this month.

Joshua Farbro was the lead investigator when unscheduled explosions went off in a training area outside Fort Polk on April 12, 2017.

MIAMI (AP) — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe's. And many other hardware and building supply outlets.

Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is requiring that all new students study racial diversity in what is the first change to the school's undergraduate curriculum in a dozen years.

Students will also have to take another class on global perspectives. The New Orleans Advocate reports the school announced the requirement on Wednesday after several incidents in which minority students complained of harassment by white students.

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

It took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become fully known. That number is still debated today with figures used by disaster agencies varying by as much as 600 deaths.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Suspended LSU wide receiver Drake Davis has been arrested for a second time on charges of beating his girlfriend.

Drake was arrested Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parrish on charges of battery and violation of protective orders.

An arrest warrant said there was evidence of two additional batteries since Davis was arrested on Aug. 17 and ordered to have no contact with the woman.

Seven years after a Belgian woman living in Louisiana went missing, authorities have arrested her husband and recovered the couple's daughter in an investigation that authorities described Friday as spanning three countries and requiring years of patient investigation.

Sylviane Lozada has not been seen since July 2011 when her husband left the country with the couple's then 4-year-old daughter, Angelina. Officials on Thursday filed an arrest warrant for second-degree murder for 43-year-old Oscar Alberto Lozada in his wife's death.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's public safety commissioner disclosed Saturday that state police will no longer buy Nike products, saying the athletic apparel maker is unpatriotic and fails to support those in uniform.

"As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military," Commissioner Marshall Fisher said in a statement Saturday to The Associated Press.

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LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape remained in jail Monday, police said in court records.

Juan David Ortiz is being held in Laredo on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

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Texas men pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 10 kilograms of fentanyl through Louisiana.

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Upcoming Vote for Louisiana Amendment Two

Ed Tarpley, former district attorney of Grant Parish, is working to tear down a Jim Crow-era law regarding unanimous juries. On November 6th, an amendment to the Louisiana constitution will be on the ballot to change this law. If passed, Louisiana would go from needing ten jurors approval to convict to all twelve. Tarpley notes the importance of unanimous juries by referencing its past and a quote from John Adams, "it is the unanimity of the jury that preserves the rights of humankind." As...

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